Welcome to Antigua and Barbuda, the land of Sun, sea, and sand. So much to see and do, and with a beach for every day of the year, it’s almost impossible to get bored. But what are some of the best things to do on this little piece of paradise? From Zipping across the coast to zipping through the rainforest, Relocate Antigua presents the 7 best things to do in Antigua.
Get a full dose of the water
Many people come to Antigua to just enjoy the beaches, and why shouldn’t they? Antigua boasts 54 miles of reef-covered coastlines boast sparkling white sand and various shades of blue iridescent waters. With that being said, here are some of the best activities you can do on and around Antigua’s waters.
Watersports are one of the most Caribbean things to do. What makes Antigua unique is the variety of beaches, from calm waters perfect for kayaking and snorkeling to rougher locations with favorable trade winds for sports such as kitesurfing and surfing. And for a more exclusive experience, yachting, which is widely popular on the island is also a great option to explore the deep blue. You can charter your private yacht and embrace the ocean on your terms. Get in touch with us to find out more about Antigua yacht charter. Other watersports that are enjoyable here are:
- Sea kayaking
- Stand-up paddleboarding
- Beach Volleyball
- Scooter Snorkeling
- Reef riding
To learn more about watersports in Antigua, check out our article on Antigua watersports.
Swim with the Stingrays
On the eastern side of the island, where scenery and greenery meet peace and tranquility, there Is a place where one can bond with underwater wildlife in an extremely unique way. Stingray City is a sanctuary located in Willikies Antigua and is home to over 50 Southern Rays which are said to be the brightest in the Caribbean.
While snorkeling with these majestic creatures, you are sure to come across some other colorful fish and sea creatures. Nearby, one of Antigua’s offshore islands Laviscount Island which is also home to another captivating creature: The Great Aldabra Turtle which can grow up to 600lbs and live up to 200 years. You can also find giant tortoises, Iguanas, parrots, and enjoy several activities including snorkeling and walking trails.
Take a boat tour to Bird Island
One of the ways to enjoy Antigua’s waters is to take an exhilarating boat tour around the island and to other offshore islands. Among those islands is Bird Island, a tiny islet lying just 3km northwest of Antigua. It is popular for its pristine beaches and hiking opportunities. This uninhabited hideaway is the perfect place to have a picnic or enjoy snorkeling. And the best part, you might have the island all to yourself. Bird Island is sometimes referred to as the desert island dream and is even more authentic for being the only place that you can sight the Antiguan Racer Snake.
Spending the day touring an island and taking in the incredible sights is one of the best things to do in the Caribbean. When it comes to sightseeing, Antigua has some of the most incredible sights in the Caribbean, from unique rock formations to mesmerizing viewpoints overlooking the magnificent ocean, here are some of the best sightseeing opportunities on the island.
Views from the top
Are you a hiking fanatic? Do you like taking long walks uphill, through nature, while the warm sun shines on you? If you answered yes to these questions, you’ve come to the right place. There are so many hiking trails in Antigua; each leading to magnificent viewpoints.
At Shirley’s Heights, you can explore the ruins of 18th-century structures before making your way to take in panoramic views of the island and the majestic blue oceans. You may even see a sailboat or two gliding along the water; further enhancing that postcard-style view.
On the northwest of the island, Fort Barrington lies at the top of a hill overlooking the pristine Deep Bay known for its calm waters and powdery sand. This hiking trail is called goat hill and leads to the ruins of an old fort and then to a tiny little islet.
There are over 50 hiking trails in Antigua and our article about Antigua hiking highlights some of the best ones. Read about it in our magazine.
Adventure seekers can enjoy visiting some of the island’s rock formations such as Devils Bridge which is a natural limestone rock arch located near Willikies Village on the quiet east coast. This area features some blowholes that shoot up water from the roaring Atlantic Ocean. Other rock formations include The Pillars of Hercules and Mermaid Gardens which are located near Shirley’s Heights.
We’re not done yet! Next on our list of awesome things to do in Antigua is outdoor adventures.
You’ve heard all about exploring the island by day, but what about at nighttime? Glamping is an amazing way to spend an evening in Antigua. Enjoy a magical romantic beach camping adventure as the waves gently lap the shoreline and the moonlit sky towers over the ocean. You can enjoy this activity at Wild Lotus on Valley Church Beach which is one of the calmest beaches on the island.
Believe it or not, the island has a rainforest and you can indulge in eco-tours through this lush green area located on the south of the island. And for even more excitement, you can enjoy exhilarating zip-lining tours across the forest. Other eco-tour options include kayaking through the mangroves at South Coast Horizons and taking peaceful walks through the gardens on the estate, and hiking one of five trails at Wallings Reserve.
Any time spent in Antigua should involve you either relaxing or enjoying one-of-a-kind entertainment in the Caribbean that will create memories to last a lifetime. Still not sure what to do in Antigua? Give us a call and let us create a tailored activity plan packed with fun Antigua activities for your Antigua Vacation!